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    MCLE Regular Requirement

     25 hours for every 3 years

     Maximum of 12.5 hrs self-study

      MCLE Special Requirement:
    Within the 25 hours required, the categories listed below may be taken as participatory or self-study

     Legal Ethics 4 hours
     Prevention of Substance Abuse 1 hour
     Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession 1 hour

    If you were Inactive or Exempt for any amount of time, use the table below to find the number of hours of education you must complete.

     

     25 Hour Proportional Requirement Table

    Months on active status & not exempt Total hours required Hours of Legal Ethics  Months on active status & not exempt  Total hours required  Hours of Legal Ethics 
     1-4  0  0      
         1  19-20  14
         1  21  15  3
     5  4  1  22-23  16  3
     6-7  5  1  24  17  3
     8  6  1  25  18  3
     9  7  1  26-27  19  3
     10  7  2      4
     11  8  2  28  20  4
     12  9  2  29-30  21  4
     13-14  10  2  31  22  4
     15  11  2  32-33  23  4
     16-17  12  2  34  24  4
     18  13  2  35  25  4

    PROPORTIONAL REQUIREMENT [Rule 2.2]

    Members who are subject to the MCLE requirement for only a portion of the compliance period must complete education in proportion to the amount of time they were subject to the requirement.

    Members are NOT subject to the requirement during months that they are:
    - on voluntary inactive status
    - "exempt" from the requirement
    - not yet a member of the Bar (new admittees)s)


    CALCULATE YOUR PROPORTIONAL REQUIREMENT:

    - Count the number of months you were subject to the requirement. (If you were subject to the requirement for part of any month, you are subject to the requirement for the entire month.)
    - Go to 
    Calculate MCLE Requirement  or use the table above to find the number of hours of education you must complete.

    Members completing a proportional requirement are not required to complete one hour of education in the prevention, detection and treatment of Substance abuse and emotional stress nor to complete one hour of education in the elimination of bias in the legal profession.

    Members who are on active status for four months or less of their compliance period do not have to comply.

    Members who are exempt for all but four months of the compliance period do not need to complete any education. However, all exempt members, including these members, still MUST SEND IN A COMPLIANCE CARD. Complete the compliance card by marking the box on it that corresponds to the type of exemption you enjoyed for 32 months or more of the compliance period.

    EXAMPLE: You officially were on inactive membership status when your compliance period began. You transfer to active status with 6 and 1/2 months remaining in the compliance period. You round 6-1/2 months up to 7 months and consult the table. You are required to complete 5 hours of approved education. Within those 5 hours, you must complete 1 hour of legal ethics. You do NOT need to complete one hour of education in the prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional stress nor to complete one hour of education in the elimination of bias in the legal profession.

    For information please visit the State Bar site at
    www.calbar.ca.gov

     

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